Tuesday, August 1, 2017


A Summer Garden Tablescape

We love spending time on our veranda but not so much during the summer with the ever present humidity and heat. At the most time spent here is early morning breakfast and coffee. So, with no dining and certainly no gardening outside until fall I enjoy adding flowers and plants to the rectangular and square dining tables. When the challenge came from the Traveling Tote friends to do a tablescape using our MacKenzie~Childs totes as a centerpiece, I decided to do a summer garden scape and brought a few pieces of Courtly Check outside to use with the totes. The heavy urn I was using as my table centerpiece was already in place and I didn't want to move it so I am using a Little Lime Hydrangea that I will plant in the garden in the fall. I tucked it into Miss Courtney and sat it on one end of the table and added flowering plants to Miss Blossom for the opposite end of the table for a Traveling Tote Tablescape! 

  Looking from the pergola toward the Veranda

I like how CC works with terra-cotta

Using Purslane, Blue Daze Evolvulus, asparagus fern, ivy topiaries, succulents, Mexican heather are among plants I enjoy  

Mushrooms are popping up everywhere

Love these little CC lidded chowder bowls with succulents tucked inside

Mr. Rabbit gets a haircut every spring and late fall. He was an Easter gift from my sister years ago

 Fairy garden with a pumpkin patch and black and white!

I hope you enjoyed a little tablescaping fun while I dressed up the veranda with Mackenzie~Childs totes. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you know how much I love your visits. Please leave a comment, it's the only way I know you came by.

I hope you will visit my Traveling Tote friends for more tablescape ideas and be sure to come back September 1, 2017 for a giveaway and see where our travels take us next.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply


  1. WOW - you certainly have a green thumb! And you have shown us that CC goes with anything, anywhere. Love your take on the tablescape - very clever AND stunning! I need your green thumb skills as I can barely grow weeds!! Enjoy the rest of the summer!

  2. I am enthralled with your gorgeous veranda! Lush plants in pretty containers and succulents have blown me away this morning. How clever to place a limelight in your tote to plant later! I agree MC works great with terra cotta!
    You have the gift of presentation and group your plants and containers beautifully. I could sit on your veranda all day and enjoy talking to you despite the heat!
    I am having to contain myself not to start a MC collection. It is enchanting.
    Love the TT adventures and I want to sit and view each post but must be somewhere so I'll catch up later.
    Fun and clever post, Emily!

  3. Oh Emily, what a gardener's delight, Courtly Check overflowing with blooms, trailing plants and succulents! You put my black thumb to shame with all your lovelies, an ivy covered bunny and even a fairy garden filled with pumpkins in ready for fall! How much fun you must have had fluttering and fluffing your precious plants and totes, although as your Alabama neighbor I know there was a bead or two of sweat on your brow! Just beautiful!!

  4. Emily, I am enchanted! Your veranda is gorgeous. This post looks like a magazine spread! I love your selection of plants, especially the succulents. I love your furniture, everything about it! I have fallen in love with limelight hydrangeas. LOVE them! I also like Mr. Rabbit. What a sweet gift!

    Have a wonderful week! I hope to see you soon!

    Ricki Jill

  5. Emily, Sometimes I come to your blog and stay for a very. long. time. because each photo is so full of delights!! I'm looking at those gorgeous chowder bowls, so cleverly filled with succulents, and then I see the beauty with her asparagus fern wild hairdo and the chafing dish (!) and of course the pop of red umbrella! Love the blue bistro chairs and the blue anduze pots too! It would truly be delightful to sit here with you and then explore your collections. Linda

  6. Emily, you have created the perfect MacKenzie-Childs "garden". I love the idea of filling your pieces with succulents. Your veranda is so inviting and as Jenna points out, " a gardener's delight." Each time I see your chowder bowls, I have a twinge of envy. I'm definitely adding these to my wish list! I love your take on the challenge and hats off to you for doing this in the summer heat! Bravo!

  7. Great photos, so rich in details and color. And such a clever way to use the tote.

  8. Well, Emily, it may be sweltering in your region, but the eye sure can fool by the looks of your yard and garden. What a gorgeous area! I can tell you right now, you are going to love that limelight in the garden. I planted my first of what may become a few by next year - they hold up to heat and drought so beautifully, and I was at an event the other night with several planted as a border, and they are outstandingly beautiful in the dusk light. Miss Courtney will be wishing to hold another once that one is planted. ;) Happy August, my friend.

  9. oh Emily, I love all your CC bloomin' pieces! The chowder bowls are so charning, as is the compote. I love the fairy garden, and the sculpture with the asparagus fern hairdo! Happy 1st day of August!

  10. I loved the pictures.
    This bag has a thousand and one utilities!
    I love it.
    Nice to meet you blog.
    Janicce / Brazil / RS

  11. You brought France to the US! :)

    Love the plates.

  12. Emily you have such a wonderful collection of McKenzie Childs pottery! It looks so beautiful on your pretty veranda. I love growing flowers and herbs in flower pots like you do--it's easy gardening as long as one remembers to water them frequently. We have been having a hot and dry summer in Colorado but today I actually felt a cooler breeze that told me that autumn is not far away. It's my favorite season!

  13. Emily, what a gorgeous garden you have. Love all of the flower and of course those darling MKC pots. Miss Courtney Childs looks right at home with those beautiful flowers. I could spend all day in your lovely garden.

  14. Un décor enchanteur pour ta terrasse, je suis vraiment sous le charme ! Bravo pour ton bon goût.
    Belle journée, bisous.

  15. Emily you outdid yourself! Your MKC is so pretty and whimsical! I love the addition of plants and the tropical feel using your tote. Happy August my friend.

  16. May I move into your verandah? Oh, it's so pretty. I promise -- you'd hardly know I was there! The herbs and flowers look perfect and I love your blue chair covers. Looks cool and a cucumber though I'm sure that's far from the truth at this time of year! And I think you'll love your Limelight. I just planted one at home in my back yard and it's already going great guns!

  17. Such a lovely veranda Emily! I can't imagine adding the humidity factor into the heat we are having here in WA state .... it's too warm for me! Your flowers and decor is so pretty and Im sure you enjoy the space when the temperature is mild.


  18. Emily your veranda looks positively stunning! I love all your MC accessories and gorgeous plantings. I must admit that I am pea green with envy when I see your magnificent topiaries. I have two that are dying and I am doing everything I can to save them. Hope you have a wonderful week, dear Emily.

  19. This is so fun Emily! I love the hydrangeas in the Courtly check bag!! Yes, it is beautiful with terra cotta. I would not have thought to pair the two.

  20. What a lovely and well kept environment, well done. And the photos are really nice indeed. Greetings!

  21. All I can do is echo what's already been said over and over...you have a gorgeous garden Emily! Too bad it's so hot there and you can't be outside more often, but hang in there!

    Hope your weekend is a good one!


  22. This was a fun challenge and you did it beautifully!

  23. What a gorgeous patio garden! Love the hydrangeas (my favorite) and those blue chairs! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm:)
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  24. Your back porch looks fabulous! You really have a beautiful home, inside and out....Christine

  25. Emily, you really have a green thumb. Your plants are beautiful and artfully arranged. Loved all your photos!




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